|Proposed farm rules resisted|
Portland Press Herald - 8/26/2013. By Holly Ramer, AP - Concord, N.H.: As the local food movement gains steam, northern New England farmers are steaming mad about proposed regulations they fear will leave them unable to meet growing consumer demand for their produce.
|Biotech ambassadors in Africa|
GM Watch - 8/26/2013. Back in May 2013, a controversial PR operative headed for Africa. He even tweeted a picture of the hotel where he was staying in Dar es Salaam. Credited with running some of Monsanto's most dubious PR operations, Jay Byrne was in Tanzania to attend a regional planning meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB).
|The promise [and uncertainties] of Biochar|
Crops, Soils, Agronomy News Magazine - 8/26/2013. By Nancy Maddox - In 2000, there were about a dozen articles on biochar in the scientific literature. In 2012, 3,000-plus. In between occurred what some have called a “biochar revolution.” Biochar—the trendy, yet ancient soil amendment now available at Whole Foods Market—has been known to man for thousands of years. Today, it is discussed as a possible means to reduce dependence on nonrenewable energy reserves, enhance agricultural productivity, reduce environmental pollution, and simultaneously reverse climate change.